Sandy Treadwell: The Silver Spoon Congressional Candidate – By George J. Marlin
As Sandy Treadwell’s professional predecessor, George Plimpton, discovered on his make believe adventures, sometimes shrewd locals take advantage of the well-meaning dilettante on his Grand Tour of Europe. Treadwell, failed Congressional wannabe, was taken advantage of this political season by mercenary political advisors who convinced him to part with about $5 million of his grandfather’s money in an ill-fated pursuit of public office.
While Plimpton was fleeced watching the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain and attempting to play major league baseball, Treadwell’s expensive lesson came closer to home. In a traditionally Republican district with a significant 16% Republican registration advantage, Treadwell spent nearly $6 million (over 80% his inherited wealth along with an ineffective fund-raising appeal by his patron, George Elmer Pataki asking hard-pressed and over-taxed Republicans to give money to the rich guy) equal to a huge per vote cost of about $60 and lost by 24% to a first-term Congressman.
The result of Treadwell’s ineffectual run for office was in fact no better than that of Republican Jim Buhrmaster in the adjoining district except that district was traditionally Democratic with a huge (26%) Democratic registration advantage and Buhrmaster didn’t waste $5 million of his own money to get a vote percentage in the low 30s. In fact, candidate Buhrmaster spent about $250,000 in his race or less than $3 per vote and achieved the same result and nearly the same percentage of the vote as Treadwell.
The voters of the 20th District in their wisdom determined that Treadwell’s pursuit of a new opportunity for fun by playing the role of Congressman was worthy of reality TV but not their votes and sent him back to one of his vacation homes to husband his depleted family funds.